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Biography of T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of an old New England family. He was educated at Harvard and did graduate work in philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Merton College, Oxford. He settled in England, where he was for a time a schoolmaster and a bank clerk, and eventually literary editor for the publishing house Faber & Faber, of which he later became a director. He founded and, during the seventeen years of its publication (1922-1939), edited the exclusive and influential literary journal Criterion. In 1927, Eliot became a British citizen and about the same time entered the Anglican Church.

Eliot has been one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry. Never compromising either with the public or indeed with language itself, he has followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization in language and that such representation necessarily leads to difficult poetry. Despite this difficulty his influence on modern poetic diction has been immense. Eliot's poetry from Prufrock (1917) to the Four Quartets (1943) reflects the development of a Christian writer: the early work, especially The Waste Land (1922), is essentially negative, the expression of that horror from which the search for a higher world arises.

In Ash Wednesday (1930) and the Four Quartets this higher world becomes more visible; nonetheless Eliot has always taken care not to become a "religious poet". and often belittled the power of poetry as a religious force. However, his dramas Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Family Reunion (1939) are more openly Christian apologies. In his essays, especially the later ones, Eliot advocates a traditionalism in religion, society, and literature that seems at odds with his pioneer activity as a poet. But although the Eliot of Notes towards the Definition of Culture (1948) is an older man than the poet of The Waste Land, it should not be forgotten that for Eliot tradition is a living organism comprising past and present in constant mutual interaction. Eliot's plays Murder in the Cathedral (1935), The Family Reunion (1939), The Cocktail Party (1949), The Confidential Clerk (1954), and TheElderStatesman(1959) were published in one volume in 1962; Collected Poems 1909-62 appeared in 1963.



45 Poems written by T.S. Eliot

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28434 Preludes Comments and analysis of Preludes by T.S. Eliot 567 Comments
28129 The Rum Tum Tugger Comments and analysis of The Rum Tum Tugger by T.S. Eliot 12 Comments
26523 The Hippopotamus Comments and analysis of The Hippopotamus by T.S. Eliot 36 Comments
19936 Sweeney among the Nightingales Comments and analysis of Sweeney among the Nightingales by T.S. Eliot 926 Comments
18386 Rhapsody on a Windy Night Comments and analysis of Rhapsody on a Windy Night by T.S. Eliot 291 Comments
17659 A Cooking Egg
17368 Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town Comments and analysis of Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town by T.S. Eliot 24 Comments
14742 Morning at the Window Comments and analysis of Morning at the Window by T.S. Eliot 228 Comments
14723 Gus: The Theatre Cat Comments and analysis of Gus: The Theatre Cat by T.S. Eliot 96 Comments
13406 Growltiger's Last Stand Comments and analysis of Growltiger's Last Stand by T.S. Eliot 10 Comments
11657 Four Quartets 2: East Coker
10546 Aunt Helen Comments and analysis of Aunt Helen by T.S. Eliot 277 Comments
9166 Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar Comments and analysis of Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar by T.S. Eliot 3 Comments
9072 Four Quartets 3: The Dry Salvages Comments and analysis of Four Quartets 3: The Dry Salvages by T.S. Eliot 1 Comment
9038 Mr. Eliot’s Sunday Morning Service
7475 Journey Of The Magi Comments and analysis of Journey Of The Magi by T.S. Eliot 92 Comments
6264 Lune de Miel
6231 The Ad-Dressing Of Cats Comments and analysis of The Ad-Dressing Of Cats by T.S. Eliot 252 Comments
5879 Le Directeur
5580 The Hollow Men Comments and analysis of The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot 1289 Comments
5045 Mélange Adultère de Tout
2698 Mungojerrie And Rumpelteazer Comments and analysis of Mungojerrie And Rumpelteazer by T.S. Eliot 28 Comments
2643 Mr. Mistoffelees Comments and analysis of Mr. Mistoffelees by T.S. Eliot 234 Comments
2496 Gerontion Comments and analysis of Gerontion by T.S. Eliot 576 Comments
2421 Whispers of Immortality Comments and analysis of Whispers of Immortality by T.S. Eliot 27 Comments
2247 Portrait of a Lady Comments and analysis of Portrait of a Lady by T.S. Eliot 476 Comments
2099 The Song Of The Jellicles Comments and analysis of The Song Of The Jellicles by T.S. Eliot 28 Comments
2078 Old Deuteronomy Comments and analysis of Old Deuteronomy by T.S. Eliot 5 Comments
1748 Macavity: The Mystery Cat Comments and analysis of Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S. Eliot 53 Comments
1639 Conversation Galante Comments and analysis of Conversation Galante by T.S. Eliot 103 Comments
1576 Cousin Nancy Comments and analysis of Cousin Nancy by T.S. Eliot 3 Comments
1514 Ash Wednesday Comments and analysis of Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot 156 Comments
1455 Hysteria Comments and analysis of Hysteria by T.S. Eliot 94 Comments
1027 Four Quartets 4: Little Gidding Comments and analysis of Four Quartets 4: Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot 282 Comments
982 The Old Gumbie Cat Comments and analysis of The Old Gumbie Cat by T.S. Eliot 41 Comments
883 The Naming Of Cats Comments and analysis of The Naming Of Cats by T.S. Eliot 148 Comments
724 The Boston Evening Transcript Comments and analysis of The Boston Evening Transcript by T.S. Eliot 38 Comments
711 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Comments and analysis of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot 859 Comments
632 Four Quartets 1: Burnt Norton Comments and analysis of Four Quartets 1: Burnt Norton by T.S. Eliot 40 Comments
631 Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat Comments and analysis of Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat by T.S. Eliot 131 Comments
514 Sweeney Erect Comments and analysis of Sweeney Erect by T.S. Eliot 99 Comments
456 Mr. Apollinax
448 La Figlia che Piange Comments and analysis of La Figlia che Piange by T.S. Eliot 298 Comments
385 Dans le Restaurant Comments and analysis of Dans le Restaurant by T.S. Eliot 8 Comments
215 The Waste Land Comments and analysis of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot 25 Comments


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